Court Costs Can Add Up
Fees differ among states. In California, for example, the filing fee is more than $400. But, people who cannot afford the filing fee can ask for a fee waiver.
You might have to pay other court costs, too. For example, if you file other motions or if you go to trial, you will likely incur additional court costs.
Including the court costs and attorney fees — and other expenses such as a tax advisor, child custody evaluator, home appraiser, etc. — the total cost of a divorce could be upwards of several thousand dollars. According to the Nolo survey, most people spend a total of $15,500. But those who went to trial spent even more — nearly $20,000. Meanwhile, those who were able to settle their cases spent less than $15,000 total.
Prepare for Tax Season: How Divorce Impacts Your Taxes